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Thoughts of summer indicate warm breezes, relaxing by the pool, and basking in the sun’s glow and seeing brighter hair from time spend outdoors. However, just as the sun can be damaging to the skin, it can also damage your hair. Hot temperatures, dry breezes, and the rays from the sun can damage your hair and make it difficult to work with. If you want to avoid seeing brittle, dry, and frizzy hair this summer, try the following tips.

Protect with UV blockers

Just like you should protect your skin with sunscreen, you should also look for a protector for your hair if you will be out for several hours at a time. Some shampoos come with built-in UVA/UVB ray blockers. If you cannot find a UV-resisting shampoo or conditioner, you can try wearing a hat or scarf over your head to protect your hair. If you cover up with a hat, you will also fight the drying affects of wind-blown hair.

Summer wash routine

In the summer, your hair needs are different than in the winter. Shampoo less often, because dry air already strips the natural oils in your hair. Try going 3-4 days between washes, or longer, if you feel comfortable with it. Use a shampoo and conditioner designed for use in the summer. After-sun shampoos and conditioners are specifically formulated for repairing the damaging affects of the sun, particularly if you have color-treated hair.

Try a leave in conditioner

If your hair has been dried or damaged by the sun, a leave-in conditioner is the perfect repair tool. You can find a formula for your specific hair type at most places that sell hair products. Use the conditioner treatment about once a week or twice a month, or after a particularly long stint in the sun.

Limit styling and products

Since the sun is already drying, you want to put the least amount of stress possible on your hair. Try air drying rather than using a blow drier, and add curls or other styles using no-heat methods (such as sock bun curls). Don’t overload on products like shine sprays, hairspray, or serums.

At the salon

Visiting the salon on a regular basis is still important during hot weather. When you visit, ask for deep conditioning treatments that will help prevent sun damage to your hair. Trim your hair at least every 4 to 6 weeks to prevent dry and split ends from ruining your style. If you notice your ends starting to look brittle or split, then you should schedule a trim as soon as possible. Trimming the ends with the Art of Shaving Straight Razor will keep your hair healthy and natural during the summer.

Treating your hair right in the summer with help you see luscious locks full of body and life. Some sun exposure can be healthy for hair, but it is easy to go overboard when you spend a lot of time in the sun. Just like you do for your skin, limit your sun exposure and follow up with treatments that will keep your hair healthy and beautiful for life.

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